The Circle Cinema
The Moor Pool estate is a garden suburb of about 500 houses in Harborne, which lies less than two miles from Birminghams city centre. The Estate was created along the lines of the Arts and Crafts movement just over 100 years ago. Since its inception, it has thrived on community activities that today include various sports clubs and societies, many of which are run in its two community halls, both having been recently purchased as a result of a fundraising campaign by local residents. However despite having its own well established theatre company, the Moorpool Players, the Estate never had its own society dedicated to film. This was addressed when a group of residents came together to form The Circle Cinema, based at the Moor Pool Hall at the heart of the Moor Pool community.
A working party looked into the viability, covering equipment, premises and legalities and on October 27th 2015, The Circle Cinema was formally established, a committee formed, banking facilities opened and constitution adopted. It is membership based with each member receiving discounted ticket prices and a vote in the choice of films. It was always the Cinemas intention to own their own equipment, and this started with donations of a surplus amplifier, speakers and dvd player and loan of a projector to get them started. Then in February 2016 Jim Tucker took the initiative of entering the Circle Cinema into a competition run by BFI and Saville Audio Visual which the Circle Cinema won. The prize comprised of a complete package of projection and sound equipment, which the group have already put to the test for their our practice run.
Since then the Circle Cinema have put on a range of films more of which can be found out about on their website.
Their website lists screenings, membership, ticketing and further contact details.